I know people are not crazy about the amount of House Sparrows we have around – but that doesn’t mean they can’t be really cute and sometimes the juveniles are so fluffy that I want to cuddle them up in my arms…. lol… but I settle for a few photos.
This afternoon in the top of a pine tree I saw a bird perched against the sun. The shape of her side profile and her whistle was enough for me to identify her as a Waxwing. The sun was very bright behind her so I thought ‘hey, why not just shoot it as a silhouette?’ I was very happy with how she turned out and so I’m using it as my clean and simple blog header photo.
I also saw my first juvenile Cedar Waxwing in my cherry tree having breakfast, boy are they ever interesting looking, not quite as regal as their parents yet… haha!
As I woke up this morning, I could hear the rain drops fall on the bedroom window. Bleary eyed, I walked over and opened the curtains. There wasn’t much light – it was a dull cloudy rainy day. I peered down toward my feeder and saw some house sparrows having breakfast – then my eyes noticed a large darker spot on my fence at the back of the yard…. I rubbed my eyes and eventually the image of a hawk jumped at me and I shrieked with surprise ( which woke my daughter from her sleep wondering what was wrong). “Sorry! Nothing’s wrong!” I called as I ran downstairs to get my camera – “but there’s a raptor in our yard right now!”
I was scared he would be gone by the time I was able to grab my Canon, set it for the low light, and sneak out the back door. I opened my door and was partially hiding behind the closest tree so as not to scare him off. He was about 30 feet away when I poked my lens around the tree and within a second he saw me so I snapped fast before he flew away. Needless to say, I was wide awake after that refreshing rain and excitement…. First Raptor in my backyard birding adventures! 😀